Thank you for your important Sept. 29 piece "Control of state Senate could be decided here." For years, Republicans have controlled the NY State Senate, despite the fact that the overwhelming numbers of voters in the state are registered Democratic. Moreover, we here in the 42nd Senate District are also overwhelmingly registered as Democrats but have been represented by a Republican for decades. The result is that we have policies that do not represent our interests.

We have an incredible opportunity to change that now. We have an open seat. More importantly, we have a powerful, insightful, skilled and experienced candidate running to represent our interests. Jen Metzger is that rare leader who brings people together to hammer out viable solutions. She shares the values of working people here in our district. But, too, she understands how to navigate the challenges of policy and politics. In her tenure as Town Councilwoman in Rosendale, and in her role as co-founder of Citizens for Local Power, Metzger has helped local communities save money and increase local development, while supporting sustainable choices. From switching to LED lighting to keeping utility costs in check, her work has consistently paid off in dividends.

Claire Cohen-Norris

Glen Spey